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 (ĭn′dĭ-jēn′, -jən) or in·di·gen (-jən, -jĕn′)
One that is native or indigenous to an area.

[French indigène, native, a native, from Latin indigena; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈɪndɪˌdʒiːn) or


an indigenous person, animal, or thing; native
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(ˈɪn dɪˌdʒin)

also in•di•gen


a person or thing that is indigenous or native.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Latin indigena a native]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indigene - an indigenous person who was born in a particular placeindigene - an indigenous person who was born in a particular place; "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Levantine - (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
Mauritian - a native or inhabitant of Mauritius
Filipino - a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
Russian - a native or inhabitant of Russia
Seychellois - a native or inhabitant of Seychelles
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References in classic literature ?
It might have been expected that the plants which have succeeded in becoming naturalised in any land would generally have been closely allied to the indigenes; for these are commonly looked at as specially created and adapted for their own country.
By considering the nature of the plants or animals which have struggled successfully with the indigenes of any country, and have there become naturalised, we can gain some crude idea in what manner some of the natives would have had to be modified, in order to have gained an advantage over the other natives; and we may, I think, at least safely infer that diversification of structure, amounting to new generic differences, would have been profitable to them.
que sais-je , the typical dinner of the indigene -- and while he was eating it he saw a young girl being driven away from the door in tears.
But whereas Indigenes received blanket press coverage, most of it very positive, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, despite winning the best film prize at the Cannes film festival was pilloried even before anyone in the UK had seen it and sank without trace when it was finally released.
De plus, une loi yucateque de 1824 retablit les Republiques indigenes. Cette forme d'association et de representation corporatiste existait deja sous la monarchie absolue, anterieurement a la Constitution de 1812.
Le morcellement du developpement regional commence egalement a exercer des effets cumulatifs majeurs sur l'environnement arctique, avec des consequences economiques et sociales tres defavorables pour les populations indigenes. "Les effets conjugues des niveaux eleves de produits chimiques toxiques chez les populations inuit locales, de la fonte du permafrost et du recul des glaciers sur toute cette region, font de l'Arctique une sorte de systeme d'alerte environnementale avant-coureur pour le monde entier," declare Klaus Toepfer, Directeur executif du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement (PNUE).
Under the control of French officers from the "service de renseignements" known later as the "Services des affaires indigenes," they also served as scouts and a cover force for regular French troops.
Davis's contention on the other hand that Merian's attraction to and subsequent disenchantment with Pietism precipitated not only a decisive shift in her attitude toward God's governance of the natural world but also an unusually sympathetic view of indigenes in the Dutch colony strikes this reader as forcing possibilities beyond the margins of plausibility.
The demands included (1) that states be permitted to establish separate police forces; (2) that the uniform national wage and income-tax structure be dismantled to allow each state to determine its own tax structure; and (3) that the right of states to operate autonomous electronic media be recognized.(6) The decision by most state governments to restrict the provision of their goods and services only to indigenes of their states was consistent with the assertion of their rights.
The indigenes in Chiapas, as elsewhere in Mexico, are mostly peasants and cottage artisans.
However the writer does draw our attention to the tendency for "indigenes" (pribumi) to look for government employment, while Chinese seek private or self-employment, and suggests that more Indonesians should be seeking employment in the private sector.
Even if the fur trade writer had found an indigenous social order that accommodated eighteenth-century notions of sympathy, he could not have affiliated himself with the indigenes without disrupting the committee's imperialist program.